- We're taking your feedback on board
- Advance notice on substances being looked at for risk management
- Using read-across and categories to improve safety of nanomaterials
- Cosmetics – to test or not to test?
- Top tips for the CLP 2015 deadline
- Introducing one of the new CLP pictograms – serious health hazard
- Does the new Biocides Review Programme Regulation affect you
- Your feedback improves Biocides tool
- Guest column: Compliance through efficient substance tracking
- Challenges posed by ECHA's new liaison person in the European Parliament
- Croatia – a fast learning curve
- Improving ECHA's news products
- Using REACH to business advantage
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Welcome to the last Newsletter of 2014. Doesn't time fly! At this time of year, we get an extra special Christmas gift from all of you – your feedback on our Communications products. It is great for us as we see whether our hard work over the previous twelve months has been appreciated. I was delighted to hear that you're very pleased with the information we provide, but just as delighted to get your tangible ideas for improvement.
On ECHA's website, there's a new tool that you can use. It is called the Public Activities Coordination Tool (PACT) and it lists the substances that are being considered for risk management. ECHA Newsletter explores what benefits PACT brings.
Read-across and category approaches are used to predict properties of substances for which there is not enough experimental data. This is a pragmatic way to bridge data gaps to characterise the hazards of nanomaterials. ECHA Newsletter spoke with Dr Wim de Jong and Dr Robert Landsiedel about recent developments in this field.
The Cosmetics Regulation prohibits the sale of cosmetic products or ingredients which have been tested on animals. This ‘marketing ban' had created some uncertainty because the same chemical ingredients may need to be registered under REACH and may normally have needed to be tested on animals in order to comply.
Do you know what you need to do to comply with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation? Are you aware of the impact the CLP deadline on 1 June 2015 has on your company? ECHA Newsletter has gathered some frequently asked questions related to the CLP deadline to help you in your preparations.
Consumers purchasing a product that contains a hazardous chemical may have noticed a new look and feel of the labels since December 2010. The change isn't just related to the way the labels look – it also introduces three new pictograms, new signal words and new statements. The 'radiant man' is one of the new pictograms warning about a serious health hazard.
With the new Biocides regulation that entered into force on 30 October 2014, the Biocides review programme was updated. It clarifies, for example, the use of nano forms and explains when a new active substance/product-type combination can be added to the review programme.
The new release of R4BP 3 was published in early December. It is a major upgrade that comes with many new features making it easier for applicants to submit their biocides applications. The improvements have been developed based on feedback received from users. Read what you can do with the new features and learn about the new editor to create summaries of product characteristics.
Communicating about safety
Authorisation is a multi-step process which aims to phase out or substitute substances of very high concern (SVHCs). Many downstream users have introduced substance tracking procedures to help them meet the deadlines for substituting SVHCs or for submitting an authorisation application to continue using the substance until a suitable replacement has been found.
News from ECHA
Mrs Julie Girling, from the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group, has been appointed as ECHA's new liaison person with the Environment Committee of the European Parliament. ECHA Newsletter asked her about her expectations for the coming years and how ECHA can continue to improve.
Croatia became a Member of the European Union in July 2013, but preparations for accession started years before that. ECHA Newsletter spoke with Ms Dubravka Marija Kreković, the Senior State Sanitary Inspector at the Ministry of Health in Croatia, to hear how REACH is being enforced and how the cooperation with the Member States helped Croatia to adjust to the new legal framework.
Each year, we ask for your feedback on our news products. This year, we received over 2 000 responses – thank you! The summary of the survey results is now available on our website.
People and perspectives
Gaches Chimie is a growing chemical distributor. It has taken a strategic approach to REACH. The company provides a service to end users to help them to predict the supply of chemicals critical for their business, and enable them to review their portfolios on time.